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On TV

'Idol' is an increasingly cruel reality

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / January 20, 2005

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"American Idol" is one of the nicest reality shows on TV. It grants aspiring singers a swig of the American dream -- a fantasy cocktail of fame, hype, and lots of money. In a semblance of democracy, it brings opportunity to "real people" who might otherwise squander their talents at karaoke bars and cheesy family weddings. The Fox series, which ... (Full article: 839 words)

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